How do cities pay for new technology? Not always with money

StateScoop: City innovation offices largely exist to help agencies adopt emerging technologies, and there are several ways to go about paying for new gadgets and services — including asking for them for free — according to a panel of chief innovation officers speaking at the Texas Smart Cities Summit on Wednesday.

Supporting technology pilots is one of the most important aspects of an innovation officer’s role, said Jesse Bounds, Houston’s innovation director, but the money to test out a new suite of data-collecting sensors or internet-connected kiosks doesn’t always have to come from the city’s coffers.

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